QNX Software Systems shows off latest Porsche Carrera concept car at CES

By Michelle Haag on 9 Jan 2012 04:54 pm EST

We've seen a couple of concept cars from QNX in the past, and the latest being shown at CES 2012 goes above and beyond anything we have seen to date. The Porsche Carrera is pre-integrated with QNX products and third-party technologies to deliver an experience like no other. You can watch the video above to get a feel for what went into designing the car, and check out the full press release after the break for an in-depth look at just what this amazing concept can do. 

Press Release

January 09, 2012 09:00 ET
Latest QNX Concept Car Puts Connected Consumer in the Driver's Seat

QNX Software Systems and its partners demo cloud-connected concept Porsche Carrera, smart phone and tablet integration, and automotive user interfaces transformed with HTML5

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2012) - 2012 International CES, (South Hall, Booth 30326) QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, will showcase its new cloud-connected concept car and latest automotive software technologies at 2012 CES. Highlights include smartphone integration with one-touch Bluetooth pairing, tablet-based rear-seat entertainment, a reconfigurable digital instrument cluster, and high-definition hands-free communications.

The company, along with its technology partners, will also preview the latest version of its QNX CAR™ application platform, which will allow automakers to harness the rich application possibilities of HTML5.

The QNX demonstrations, which will take place at the BlackBerry® booth (South Hall, 30326), include:

New QNX concept car - See how integration of the driver's smartphone in a concept Porsche Carrera creates a rich, in-vehicle experience with personalized navigation, entertainment, and information services. Discover how one-touch Bluetooth pairing using Near Field Communications (NFC) eliminates the hassle of pairing the driver's phone to the car. And experience how conversational voice recognition and in-vehicle controls enable drivers to use the car's infotainment system easily and conveniently.

The concept car shows flexible integration between tablets and in-car systems, with front-seat control of rear-seat tablets and the ability for any device to play media stored on any other device. It also demonstrates QNX Software Systems' ultra HD voice technology, which provides 48KHz full stereo bandwidth for clearer, easier-to-understand hands-free calls.

The concept car supports an array of applications, including TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) hybrid navigation services, Vlingo voice-to-text and voice recognition, a multilingual speech engine, the Poynt virtual personal assistant, a Weather Network app, and streaming Internet radio from Pandora, NoBex, Slacker, and TuneIn.

New QNX CAR™ 2 reference implementation - This invitation-only demo will showcase the features of the QNX CAR 2 application platform, including an auto-centric HTML5 framework, the QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System, a powerful multimedia framework, and an award-winning acoustic processing library for hands-free systems. The platform's new HTML5 framework will help enable automakers to keep their vehicles fresh with new content, address consumer demands for the latest mobile apps, and leverage a huge developer community. The QNX CAR 2 application platform is scheduled for general availability in mid-2012.

QNX partner technology demonstrations at CES 2012 include:

nfuzion - QNX technology partner nfuzion will showcase its latest advances in automotive user interfaces, running on the QNX® Neutrino® Operating System. The company will highlight a digital instrument cluster, head unit, and rear-seat entertainment system in its first concept vehicle, a Mini Cooper Countryman, at the Bellagio Hotel, South Tower. In this demonstration, nfuzion's HMI nTactic Framework running on QNX software enables vehicle OEMs to easily manage and deploy unique user interfaces to support vehicle branding as well as customer personalization. The implemented architecture allows five screens to communicate with each other, enabling car owners to personalize displays and manage media content.

Freescale Semiconductor - Freescale will demonstrate the QNX CAR 2 application platform running on the i.MX 6Quad Applications Processor in their private suites. The i.MX 6 Series processors provide advanced performance and graphics capabilities for optimal performance of the QNX CAR 2 software platform.

Texas Instruments - Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) will demonstrate an HTML5-based automotive HMI reference design enabled by the next-generation QNX CAR 2 application platform, utilizing TI's OMAP™ and C6000™ "Jacinto" platforms, and WiLink™ and BlueLink™ wireless connectivity solutions. Highlights include speech recognition, advanced graphics, HD Radio™ software-defined radio, enriched connectivity, remote Web browsing, 1080p HD video capabilities, and more of the latest automotive advancements. TI will hold the demonstrations at the Las Vegas Hotel.

"This year at CES, QNX Software Systems is highlighting how HTML5 will change the way consumers interact with their vehicles and mobile devices. The QNX CAR 2 application platform will be key to helping automakers support rapidly evolving customer demands for access to the latest services and information in their cars," stated Derek Kuhn, vice president of sales and marketing, QNX Software Systems.

The company will also demonstrate the QNX CAR 2 application platform at the Consumer Telematics Show (CTS), co-located at CES in Booth 3. Moreover, QNX representatives will speak at CTS and at the AT&T Developer Summit:

Consumer Telematics Show - "Competing Visions for the Ultimate Operating System," January 9, 3:55 - 4:30 pm, Mandalay Bay

AT&T Developer Summit - "HTML5 for automotive infotainment: What, why, and how?", January 9, 5:25 pm, Palms Casino Resort

QNX Software Systems has licensed its software technology for millions of in-vehicle systems worldwide, including digital instrument clusters, hands-free systems, multimedia head units, connectivity modules, and 3D navigation systems.

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QNX Software Systems shows off latest Porsche Carrera concept car at CES


Being a member of the Blue Oval Nation, my favorite use of QNX in a vehicle has to be the guy how custom installed a Playbook into his Mustang with very little modification to the control console. This osunds alot like Ford's MyTouch/MyFord and SYNC system integration which is a really amazing system, especially one they've developed for the 2013 Mustang...

what does this have to do with the playbook, and getting me good functionality?

is this what qnx been doing and neglecting us?

Fool it's showing another market rim has interred. They have no other choice but to bring more functionality to the playbook now. Btw apple or android hasn't touched this market.

You guys have to look at bigger picture. This potentually can make RIM more money then their phone market leading to better hardware blackberry wise in the future. If a few of the worlds top car manuctures buys in to qnx its billions of dollers your looking at.

I wouldn't want to have my kids in the back seat when I get into an accident and have their faces smashed into a glass computer screen. I also wouldn't want my wife in the passenger seat to smash her head into a glass monitor in the dash.

Also, having that much txt to read on the driver's navigation panel is incredibly dangerous. Here in Canada, it is illegal to have any third party light emitting devices in the drivers line of sight. No cellphones, no laptops, no tablets, no gps, no mp3 players, no dvd screens, no nothing. And that thing is a major distraction, it's a full blown computer.

How will they push something that is so unsafe? I dunno. Looks cool though. Might be good for public transportation stuff like buses and trains and airplanes. Or taxis and limos. But I can't see it being allowed in regular cars. It's just too dangerous.

You cant use a satellite navigator in Canada?!? Wow, I really dislike all the laws you guys have in North America.

Are you serious? Don't your wife and kids wear seat belts?

In this case, the QNX implementation is not a third party light emitting device as it would be provided by the manufacturer.

I'm from Canada & we don't have any laws like your describing. We can't have "hand held devices" in most provinces but that's it. I think you are exagerating the law

I agree it will be a big distraction to a lot of drivers. How many total dickheads are there out there right now who can't drive properly without distractions? To save someone from responding I'll just answer: why too ****** many! Take the bus and mess around with your gadgets there. Leave driving to drivers.

The airbags would probably deploy to save the passenger, as for the back seats, yeah the kids will probably hit the screens but if the accident is that hard you've got way more things to worry about.

And no, all that stuff in Canada isn't illegal, I live in edmonton. What is illegal is any devices that require you to remove your hands off the wheel. Having a dash mounted or dash-integrated GPS is fine, thus meaning dash-integrated DVD/Bluray players is fine too (the new dodge challenger has that built in).

Wow a bunch of cynics, as always, here at CrackBerry.

PS you Netflix and Skype people need to shut up too! :)

Until the day that cars drives themselves this seems like an amazing concept and technological advancement but a very dangerous one that will increase the number of car accidents...

now if the qnx guys knew the bb guys and talked to each other. Oh wait they are both owned by RIM. I would love to see a playbook dock in my car that could then display all this stuff. looks cool

what good for all this "new car" or better this combination ?...other than showing off ?...aren't already too many morons playing their "toys" while driving ? and getting the rest of us in trouble ?...or maybe this way They'll have more control on us...or how about getting your car hacked ?...lol...and going straight to the dump station...after all your data is gone...bleah ! almost everything a qnx car would do it's been already done in a different way...much cheaper and much safer...just think at being remote screwed...you and your KOOL CAR...and you not even knowing it !...and a lot of people are talking about "privacy"...as I said, a lot of morons on the streets !...but they are soooo...COOOOL !...LOOOL

The Porche is at CES. The video in this post is at least a year old. It is a proof of concept video, and not part of this press release.

"QNX software technology has been licensed for more than 10.1 million vehicles worldwide, in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Saab, Ssangyong, Toyota, Volkswagen, and others."


Agreed. He kind of has that look. But we can't deny that when intellect is what matters,
Dan Dodge is Super Cool!

And they talk about a Mini in the PR as well. QNX use is not limited to one car, it is a OS which is in many cars already.

No that's an old video...I expect Crackberry will be showing us a new video in the next few days showing the Porche


Because driving was just SO freaking boring, annoying, and difficult before. Do we really need all this crap in the cabin with us? Really, weather updates? Because my car won't be able to handle it if it's going to start raining in 20 minutes? Or I will take a different route to avoid the rain?


What the haters are failing to understand is that with the real time updates of traffic, weather, accidents, etc. it will make for safer travel, safer drivers, and in the near future the vehicle driving itself by using QNX.

This technology is very exciting if you would just embrace and think of the possibilities that it holds for the future of mankind (QNX is involved in the space station program for a reason). So get over yourselves and your love for the basic devices that you like to use and see what this technology has to offer us in the future (and yes, this could allow future space travel to other planets once we have faster travel).

wow people, it is a concept car. have you people never been to a car show, before. every manufacturer makes concept cars. these are test beds to show............CONCEPTS. Both BMW & Mercedes have been showing these concepts in their cars for a while, irregardless of whose contries laws apply to what. Does your country have a speed limit? is your car restricted to it? Next time you do 31 in a 30 zone remember your breaking the law.

The real question is whose software is going to be in the driving seat and if i can get full bridge support in my car i will take it. thank you RIM

ps. Cars have had head rest monitors for year, get over it people, its long past the concept stage.

pretty cool concept all the haters aside. amazing and I had the sync experience in my ford for a couple years which kicked a$$